About Cafe Magnolia

Cafe Magnolia offers a casual, intimate, but contemporary dining experience. Stringent standards of excellence in service, food presentation, and quality ingredients, married with delicious innovative and traditional cuisine concepts, complete the dining experience. This winning combination earned the attention from readers of the Patriot News when they voted Cafe Magnolia "Best New Restaurant" in 2003. Awards have also been received from Central PA Magazine, Harrisburg Magazine, and The Carlise Sentinel.

4700 Old Gettysburg Rd
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:30pm;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm,

Cross Street:
Wesley Dr

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(717) 901-9700

Website:
http://www.cafe-magnolia.com/

Additional:
BYO Liquor, Cafe, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout

Cafe Magnolia Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (14)
Good for a Date (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
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Great for Lunch (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Cozy (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Business Meals (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Healthy (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Romantic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Fun (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

BYOB and no charge for bottle opening like some other restaurants charge. This was a girls night out and we were easily able to have a conversation instead of being drowned out by restaurant music, etc. We were not rushed to clear out which was greatly appreciated. Food was delicious. Highly recommend and will surely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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·Dined 6 days ago

We were a party of six and all of us enjoyed our meal and are looking forward to returning.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food and service was excellent. We went for dinner but it is great for lunch also.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I've dined at Cafe Magnolia a number of times and the food has always been good. This time not so much. Six friends met there this past Saturday for dinner. Of the six, four people ordered the Mediterranean Chicken. First issue was cold risotto. As a replacement, the server brought something from the kitchen that looked more like cream of wheat. Next, some folks had uncooked chicken among the pieces. Those who complained about the chicken were comped half of the cost.
I'm sure some of the folks won't return. I may, but not for some time.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

In comparison to price food quality was satisfactory. The food service was quick. The crab cakes were mush, vegetables were undercooked, and salad was lacking dressing. The best part about the meal was the dessert. We felt neglected by our server.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our party was very cold. The management needs to turn up the heat during these cold temperatures. We will not go back.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Incredible food preparation and wonderful ambiance and hospitality! Thank you to Brien for making sure everything was perfect! Highly recommend Cafe Magnolia for almost any occasion!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Everything was great but we had to wait about 20-25 minutes even though we had a reservation.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Wow! The food was exceptional, and we want to return to try several more items on the menu. We started with the bruschetta, which was a delicious new take on the traditional dish. My husband enjoyed the veal marsala, and I enjoyed the bistro tender dish. The food was amazing, the service was great, and the prices were outstanding for the quality and quantity of food. We’ll make a point to return next time we’re in the area.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

We were seated in a sunroom that was incredibly cold. It was about 20 degrees outside and the temperature on the thermostat kept dropping. I requested another table but they said that the other tables were taken. I complained again as it kept getting colder and no one apologized, they just shrugged their shoulders and agreed it was very cold. I should not have been able to make a reservation unless there was adequate seating available.

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

The restaurant was busy and very noisy. We we're seated in a very tight corner. The room was extremely hot. I asked our waitress to turn the thermostat down and I believe she did.
The food was average. Service was good. Not sure if I would return or recommend.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was fair. Broccoli was stone cold. Chicken was just okay

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

11 of us had a wonderful dinner-- our party consisted of 7 adults, 5 children including a 1 yr old. The restaurant is noisy enough that our party didn't appear to disturb anyone. Our meals were great and our waitress was wonderful.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food is always fresh and the staff is always so courteous. Really a neighborhood gem!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Loved it! Great food and love the BYOB option to add my own wine to a wonderful meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great place.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Brought out of state clients here for dinner. Everyone loved their dish!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We love Cafe Magnolia and do takeout frequently. The actual restaurant is small, I'd recommend reservations if you want to eat there for dinner. We've never had a bad meal here and we've been going here for years! BYOB which is a bonus too. Some favorites are: Greek chicken wrap, Southwest chicken wrap, soups, and the Jess Salad with chicken (instead of shrimp).

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

My wife and i have been coming to this restaurant occasionally for five years or so. The food is always very good and the staff is accommodating and friendly. It is BYOB so we typically bring one of our own favorite wines to share with friends.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Server not attentive at all. Drink refills ignored for our table and next to us. Wanted regular butter but never saw her from dropping off bread till entrees arrived. No offer for dessert

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Magnolia's is great for lunch and dinner! Monday is an excellent opportunity if you like a quieter restaurant experience. The dinners are delicious with as much attention to your side dishes as the main course (try the risotto!). Plenty of parking and friendly staff make for an all-around enjoyable evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Cafe Magnolias consistently treats it’s customers to wonderful menu items. In the many years I have been going there I have never been disappointed. Lunch, dinner and takeout are equally as delicious..

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Healthy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Very busy Wednesday evening but service and food was still good.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Our dinner club enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and the food was great. We appreciate how accommodating they were to our group.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Cafe Magnolia has amazing food and the wait staff is very kind. It would be a great place for a casual lunch or dinner. However, don't think you can fit the experience in during a quick trip or lunch break. It is definitely a place to go when you aren't worried about time. Also, not the place for a very private conversation as most of the tables are close together.

PS: You have to try the Blackened Chicken Mac & Cheese....It is worth the trip!

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very attentive serivice. Wide variety of menu options - would be very difficult to not find something! We enjoyed incredible chicken dinners and the red velvet cheesecake was the perfect ending. Excited to return and bring our friends and families along!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This is the third time we dined there with the same friends. First time was inside and then twice on the deck. We prefer the deck as there is not much atmosphere inside. The food is very good and the portions are more than enough. The deck was very quiet both times we ate there...just a couple other tables were occupied. Our waitress (I think her name is Theresa...she has colorful tattoos that are actually children's drawings on her right arm) was great: Attentive and pleasant. We will return, probably next summer for outdoor dining. It is a BYOB which we prefer.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Our favorite local place, as usual the food was excellent. There was a table of 14 that was seated just before us, so our food took longer than usual. But still excellent overall!

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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great food and service as always.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

We ate outside which was perfect. Food delicious and well presented. Just when we commented that it would be nice if there was more lights...the lights came on.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We sat outside for luch and between 3 of us had 2 different salads. Two of us had the Jessie's favorite salad and the third had the spinach salad with the goat cheese. We were all pleased with our salads.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Always wonderful service and food. Our favorite place for friends to meet

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Traditional Hamburger was delicious! One of the best burgers I've had in this area. Very friendly and attentive wait staff. The outdoor patio seating was nice, not too noisy. Not overpriced. Good portions. Great local place for a bite to eat.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Casual
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

We had dinner on the outdoor deck. Great menu! Loved our server she was terrific. Meals were delicious and the weather was perfect. We definitely be back.

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Very nice place! We enjoyed the food and the service. Great place to meet friends or just to get a great meal. We haven't found anything on the menu that we don't like. If you want a salad, I love the Jess Salad with Coconut Shrimp. It also can be ordered with chicken.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Drive 90 minutes to eat here. The chef does an outstanding job of food preparation. The duck is outstanding. The only reason I marked a 4 for food was this time I had the lobster risotto. The lobster meat was claw meat well prepared, soft and sweet. The dish had 3 pork additions: applewood bacon, prosciutto, and pancetta. The disappointment was the pork was not crisp at all which I would have preferred and the risotto was overlooked and the cheese added dried it out. But would I go back. Absolutely!!! The portions are huge. Excellent fish preparations. Calamari perfectly fried and not chewy. The Greek salad side is very good, only missing anchovies. It's a BYOB place and we discovered we like that. We bring our own wine. They have the setup, no cork fees, and we enjoy the wines we drink at home. It's a converted old home. Very comfortable. Service with a smile! Who wouldn't return???

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Connected with new friends as they passed through the area. Went off open table rating. Not bad, good lunch setting m

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Cute place. Kinda small parking lot if the place would get busy. we went at lunch so it was quieter and opted to sit outside. Service good. We had bruchetta, lots of whole tomatoes. Then I had pineapple pomegranate fizz which was refreshing. My chicken Greek wrap was definitely dry though. My husband loved his cheese steak sub, good portion.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Cafe Magnolia is always a great go-to as they have phenomenal food and great service. You can always find something new to enjoy or rely on one of the staples. The bill always come back lower than expected due to being a BYOB.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Great first dinner experience at Cafe Magnolia. It is BYOB so we love that option! We went on a Tuesday night and the front dining room from full and lively. We got an appetizer and 2 entrees. There was a mishap with our entrees so it did take a bit longer however the staff could not have handled it better. They ended up giving us our appetizer for free! That was greatly appreciated, but not necessary. The food was good, good variety on the menu. Seems like they have a lot of regulars and new customers which is always good to see. Overall, I will definitely by returning!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual
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